Wis. woman jumps on top of her hood to stop car thief

Woman jumps on hood of car
Posted at 11:23 AM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 13:38:14-04

A Milwaukee woman is having second thoughts about jumping on the hood of her car after a thief tried to steal it.

Melissa Smith was pumping gas at a station near the Third Ward when a group of males in a dark car pulled up, an individual hopped out of the backseat and jumped into her car and start driving.

When she saw what was happening, she jumped on her hood and hung on.

"It's one of those holy s**t moments," Smith told TODAY'S TMJ4. "I probably think I'm tougher than I really am," Smith said.

"I got out of my car to take the pump out and grab my receipt and turned around and realized somebody's in my car."

Smith said she initially thought about grabbing the mirror, but quickly changed her mind.

"Jumped on the top and held on for dear life," she said.

The driver tried throwing her off the hood.

"He laughed at me the entire time, so zero remorse," Smith said.

Smith screamed at the top of her lungs, which is what she thinks prompted the suspect to get out of her car. The suspect got out, but the car wasn’t in park.

"Then I had to chase my car into the street and stop it before it hit somebody else," Smith said.

Police are still looking for the suspects. Smith was told the car they were in was stolen.

"The police said mostly women run in the other direction and go ask for help and don't hop on top of their car ... They told me it was not the smartest," Smith said.

Looking back, the 27-year-old wouldn't have been on her phone or left her keys in the car. She surprised even herself.

"I can't believe that I reacted like that."

Smith said the suspect stole her purse, wallet, iPhone and sunglasses.